What is a whiplash?

A whiplash literally means whiplash. A sudden violent movement of the head back and forth stretches the bands and muscles in your neck. This often happens in a car accident. The sudden movement and intense force overload your muscles.

Who gets a whiplash?

Every year about 15 to 35000 people get a whiplash. Whiplash is more common in women than in men.

What neck complaints do you have after a whiplash?

Neck complaints after whiplash differ per person. They can be acute, but the neck complaints can only be noticed a few days after the accident. This is the complaint of a whiplash. Risks of getting a whiplash incorrectly adjusted headrest in the car a small or light car collision from the back of the car age, the elderly develop whiplash more quickly physical condition Exercise after a whiplash should be done carefully. If you do not do this, chances are that the neck complaints will get bigger or even chronic.

How do you fix a whiplash?

In general, recovery with whiplash is progressing well, incorrect movement should be avoided. Acute advice is to wear a neck brace for the first few days and to combat pain with paracetamol. Then slowly rehabilitate as quickly as possible by moving slowly to avoid muscle slack in the neck. It is no problem to use painkillers, such as paracetamol, in the first days after the accident (in consultation with your doctor). This ensures that you move more easily and sleep better. It is important to take painkillers at a fixed time and to gradually reduce the use.